Valdosta Police Department looks to renew national accreditation

| April 5, 2017

VALDOSTA – The Valdosta Police Department is looking to renew their national accreditation.

The department has used CALEA, a national law enforcement accreditation program, since 1999.

The accreditation expires every three years.

This week, CALEA assessors conduct an in-depth evaluation, and interview people inside and outside of the department.

They must meet 484 standards to pass their inspection.

“This department is very invested in their community and that this community is very invested in their police department,” says Katherine Bryant, a CALEA assessor. “That’s probably the best partnership and relationship that you can have.”

Just months ago, a VPD crime technician was charged for stealing drugs from the local lab.

The issue was found during a standard CALEA procedure, and assessors say it proves that their process works.

They say the details on the inspection and if it passed will be released later this year.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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